you are amazing

To get the ball rolling focusing on the real you, get out the wipes and scrub off that makeup. Next, make a list of your 20 most beautiful qualities. These could range from your gorgeous eyes, to your compassion or generosity, to whatever it is that you think best describes you. For some of you, it may sound easy, or if you’re like many women, you may have trouble with this exercise. So I suggest that you list what those qualities are in your best friend. Then when it comes to yourself, envision what your best friend would say about you. This list should then become a part of the makeup and beauty you radiate to the world every day. Consider it the foundation that you wear. To make sure your new emotional “make up” is as ready as your favorite mascara, you can go so far as to post these qualities on the mirror where you put on your makeup.

Of course a lot of this is coming to you from the Life Coach side of me. The other part of me that has been a Celebrity Makeup Artist for over 20 years understands that, as women, we need to find the right balance in our beauty routines, so here are some things to keep in mind:

- There’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup. It can actually be a positive thing. Anything that boosts self-esteem or self-confidence can have a radiating effect throughout every aspect of your life. If you feel better about how you look through makeup, it may make you less critical of yourself in other areas such as body image.

- Putting on a little bit of makeup might immediately make you feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror. It doesn’t have to be much however, a bit of lip gloss and a tinted moisturizer can provide a healthy glow and boost of self-confidence that will resonate with you and the people you come in contact with.

- Ask yourself if your current makeup routine is the best for you. Makeup can actually work against your self-esteem if you don’t know how to apply it properly. For example, someone who uses dark colors can look aged by that and perceive themselves as tired, which drains the psyche. Another thing to keep in mind is that too much makeup can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles, which can drain out some of your self-esteem. So don’t be afraid to get a little help with finding the right colors and application techniques.


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